Alan Jones has a growing reputation as THE MENTOR for Australian startups. TWISTA finds out what makes a great mentor tick. Then TWISTA catches up with GoFar – who have gone far since they first appeared on the show back in 2014.
Production note: My own recording mistake deleted the first half of a great interview with Alan Jones. The second half is fantastic too — my apologies to you listeners and to Alan.
TWISTA sits down with Main Sequence GP Mike Nicholls and Spark Festival Director Maxine Sherrin to discuss the profusion of hubs and funds; Canva, Australia’s latest unicorn startup; and the crash and burn of Zoox’ CEO.
Few have done more to bootstrap the Australian startup ecosystem than Murray Hurps. Now Murray has moved to UTS — where he wants to turn every graduate into a startup founder. Change the outcomes and change the world.
Asking for investment is never easy – but it’s surprisingly easy to get wrong. We’ll look at what investors really want to see, then we’ll dive into the TWISTA archives to hear from Switch Automation CEO Deb Noller about her own fundraising process – some of the best advice given to listeners of this show!
Back in 2014 our first episode of TWISTA featured AirTasker co-founder and CEO Tim Fung. We caught up with Tim again last week to explore his journey as an entrepreneur, and what he learned growing AirTasker to become one of Australia’s most successful startups.
First you’ll hear Tim’s original 2014 interview in its entirety – listen carefully to his predictions and promises for AirTasker’s business and growth, then we return to the present moment. Tim sounds wiser, speaking with the authority of hard-earned experience. His observations about how to experiment the right way to grow the business are worth their weight in gold!
Infrastructure. It’s something we all need to do pretty much of anything, and without it nothing gets done. Sydney has benefited from great human capital resources for startups, but only recently – with the opening of the Sydney Startup Hub on York Street – have we seen the infrastructure following suit.
TWISTA talks to TechSydney CEO Bede Moore about their big plans for a major hub – for tech companies big and small – at Sydney’s Central Station, and how that must be paired with the right policy settings.
Then we interview quantum computing researcher and Q-CTRL founder Mike Biercuk at the Sydney University Nanoscience Lab and discuss about what it takes to make these weird and unreliable machines more trustworthy.
June’s LAUNCH Sydney event brought to light two startups doing outstanding work.
ParentTV works to provide the most thoughtful answers to the questions that every parent faces at one point or another.
CryptoFlip uses blockchain and smart contracts to take the ‘house’ out of gambling – and looks set to completely revolutionise the industry.
Chalk and cheese — yet both startups point to innovation and success in Australia’s expanding startup ecosystem – and it’s all here on TWISTA.